February 7, 2023
Constructing a house for the vacations – Perham Focus

PERHAM — The cruel Minnesota winters do not preserve the residents of Perham from loving the place they reside. This yr, the Perham Occasions Committee determined to have fun this idea with one particular theme: “Make Perham your private home for the vacations.” From late November to the top of December, the committee organized occasion after occasion for Perham locals who keep year-round and courageous the chilly climate.

“The entire gist of the committee is to advertise commerce in the neighborhood,” stated committee member Leah Monson. “And so, having all these totally different occasions, although they don’t seem to be precisely procuring associated, it simply brings folks into city, provides folks issues to do, makes folks consider Perham … (Winter) is certainly our slowest time of the yr after the vacations. We simply form of assist that — like, store native.”

These occasions embrace the well-known Parade of Lights, sleigh rides, free bowling and — model new this yr — a Lego-building competitors. Hosted at United Group Financial institution, locals flexed their constructing skills by setting up totally different vacation shows, from a house adorned for Christmas to a busy lit-up mall, crammed with folks visiting Santa. All are on show on the financial institution for the general public to view.

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Legos discovered inside United Group Financial institution have their very own go to with Santa.

Elizabeth Vierkant / Perham Focus

The thought to carry a Lego-building contest got here to Monson when she thought of the theme of “Make Perham your private home for the vacations.” When she thought of one thing homey, she simply visualized a Christmas village, and he or she thought it might be enjoyable for group members to create their very own distinctive Christmas villages.

“We’re simply holding the Christmas and vacation spirit alive, even when the climate’s a downer,” Monson stated.

Group members can stroll into United Group Financial institution and vote for winners based mostly on three totally different classes: building, creativity and Christmas spirit. Voting can be open till Friday, Dec. 23. Winners will get totally different prizes, akin to reward playing cards.

“Perham is such a close-knit group, and it simply goes with the vacation season, proper?” Trevor Semann with United Group Financial institution stated of the Lego shows. “All the way in which from the top of Thanksgiving, during New 12 months’s — all the vacations in there. It is a kind of issues the place (group members) store native and everybody comes collectively … All people’s caring for all people. The thought of simply all people coming again to city and caring for one another and seeing all people once more — it means extra in a city like Perham.”